With summer temperatures on the rise, we all need to find ways to cool off and enjoy the sunshine we Chicagoans wait for all winter long. There is no better way to accomplish this than indulging in sweet, frozen desserts. Whether it’s in a cup, cone or on a stick, check out our scoop on the wide variety of chilly treats our neighborhood has to offer this summer:
The Freeze (2815 W. Armitage Ave.)
The Freeze is a famous Logan Square establishment that has been dishing out burgers, dogs and desserts for 77 years! Though it was previously known as the Tastee Freez, its name change last year has not made it any less “tastee.” The Freeze offers soft-serve ice cream, toppings and slushies in a variety of combinations: cup, cone, dipped, dish, shake, malt, float, you name it. While the sheer number of options may seem overwhelming, rest assured there is no limit to the amount of times you can visit in a summer! So if you haven’t yet, head on over to The Freeze to taste a delicious connection to our rich neighborhood history.
The Boiler Room (2210 N. California Ave.)
Well-known for its mouth-watering pizza and whiskey on tap, The Boiler Room is one of my favorite Logan establishments for another reason: its boozy soft-serve ice cream. Along with a classic Jameson vanilla ice cream, the restaurant features a different seasonal flavor every few weeks. Right now, The Boiler Room’s feature is a key lime pie soft serve topped with graham cracker crumbles. For those days when your sweet tooth just won’t quit, pair that boozy soft serve with some powdered sugar-topped fried doughnut bites — you won’t regret it.
Milk & Wood (2529 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Located inside Cajun seafood joint The Crab Pad, Milk & Wood is a delicious choice for a quick, cool treat. The ice cream at Milk & Wood is served on a wooden stick, making it easy to grab one and go. What makes this sweet treat special is the ability to customize the toppings. Simply pick a pop, select mouth-watering sauce(s) to drizzle on top, and choose as many toppings as you want. This DIY pop bar offers rotating ice cream flavors and endless combinations of toppings, making it difficult not to come back for more!
Miko’s Italian Ice (2236 N. Sacramento Ave.)
Located just off the beaten path, Miko’s Italian Ice is more than worth the trek. This Logan establishment — they just celebrated their 20th anniversary — offers a variety of tantalizing, refreshing Italian ice flavors, such as cantaloupe, sour cherry, green tea and banana chocolate chip. Because Miko’s rotates the flavors periodically, they suggest following their social media accounts to be fully up to date on the tasty offerings. Hurry up and try a flavor or two before its summer season ends in October!
Heavenly Gelato & Ice Cream Shop (2662 N. Sawyer Ave.)
Heavenly Gelato & Ice Cream Shop has been serving a variety of ice cream and gelato in Logan Square since 2008. Don’t let the no-frills interior fool you – the frills are all in the flavors! From green tea to Zanzibar mint and hazelnut to pistachio, there is something for every palate at Heavenly Gelato. This shop also offers a handful of dairy-free ice cream and sorbet options, which means your vegan friends can indulge too!
La Michoacana (3740 W. Fullerton Ave.)
For an authentic Mexican ice cream experience, look no further than La Michoacana. This shop is serving up Mexican ice cream pops (called paletas) with dozens of flavors to choose from. Alongside its ice cream options, La Michoacana offers many desserts featuring fresh fruits, such as a customer favorite: Mangoneadas. This bright yellow and red drink combines sweet and spicy, blending together mango, ice cream, lime, chili powder and chamoy sauce (a savory Mexican sauce made from pickled fruit).
Margie’s Candies (1960 N. Western Ave.)
Margie’s Candies is a long-standing Chicago institution serving up homemade ice cream and candies since the early 1920s. Part of what makes Margie’s Candies so special is its ability to transport its customers to another era with its historic decor and timeless menu of shakes, malts, banana splits and sundaes. All of the ice cream, sauces and candies at Margie’s are homemade, which has kept this ice cream parlor packed with customers for decades.